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RATINGS: 1145   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Huge sweet body, big flavors and high alcohol levels, this beer is best enjoyed by a raging fire. Complex caramel sweetness is well balanced by generous hopping, delivering an intense, smooth drinking experience. Intense fruity caramel malts, citrus hops, and alcohol notes waft up to tickle your senses.
2005 Bottle release - Pink Wax
2007 Bottle release - Yellow Wax (Brewed in Nov 06)
2008 Bottle release - Purple Wax
2009 Bottle release - Blue Wax
2010 Bottle release - Green Wax
2011 Bottle release - White Wax
2012 Bottle release - Red Wax
2013 Bottle release - Orange Wax


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Aroma: sweet honey and strawberries. Appearance: light brown Flavor: strawberries and cream, with slight corn flavors when warmed. Also, vanilla yogurt and carmel malts. Palate: Very smooth with slight carbonation, like a very weak soda. Overall an excellent barley wine, probably one of the better ones I have had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8020) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Draft @ brewery, Thanksgiving 2003 - Murky dark brown, aroma of strong, sweet berries and scotch. Intensely punchy and strong... amazing representation of the style. Thick, ravaging the mouth with scotch, pine, sweet maple, pears... perfect mouthfeel. rerate needed, but I donít trust the bottles.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2003
Redbrown with thin beige head. Aroma dominated by Cascade hops and alcohol. The flavour is sweet with tones of toffee and Cascade. Lots of alcohol. Decent try

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2003
a very nice barnyard aroma, with a slightly buttery, perhaps cheesey taste in the front with some nice dark fruits coming through in the back, with a little bit of hop in the fatertaste and a very solid malty backbone. Very dark and syrupy, with some extremely solid complexities. I would like to have some more of this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2003 I had one as part of my three beers at the 3Floyd's tour. This is fantastic. I could probably drink one throughout a week and still enjoy it. It's so strong too and the warmth it generated inside myself was anything, but that ugly behemoth as a mascot. I wish I had more than one. And I will, for some better notes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Wow...what an incredible Barley wine. Great flavor that improves markedly as the beer warms. Beautiful coloration, a nice subtle hoppiness...excellent!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2206) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 Re-rate 3/11/07. Bottle. Lovely, hoppy aroma. Beautiful, slightly hazy dark red. Tan head. Smooth. Hoppy. Strong, wonderful. Bite creeps up; subtle. Iím a little surprised by itís subtlety; hides the 12%. Great balance. Excellent. 8/26/03: Draught at GTM. Very rich, hoppy, bourbonish aroma. Reddish yellowish in color. Very attractive. Thick head. Small bubble. Incredibly attractive. Very rich, almost orgasmic. Extremeley good flavor. I had two of the best beers I have ever rated on the same day from the same 3 floyds tent at the Great Taste of the Midwest (3 Floyds Alpha King being the other). Ar 8, Ap 5, Fl 10, Pal 4, Ov 19.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Tap, FFF, Ratebeer Summer Party 2k3. Big northwestern hop aroma. Big caramel malt flavor. Dryish finish. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Thanks to jcalabre for this one. My first thought was that it would go good poured over french toast. Very dark, thick sweet candy with enough kick to burn in it's impression all the way down. Somehow it all comes together to be enjoyable, though atypical of the style from my experience.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2003
On tap at the brewery: Light brown with a tan head. Piney hops and alcohol aroma. Sticky mouth feel ends really sweet. Too sweet if you ask me.


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